A grand ges­ture by gen­er­ous Ro­tar­i­ans

Cheques for £1,000 pre­sented to two char­i­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Dozens of peo­ple across La­nark­shire will this week ben­e­fit from money raised by the Ro­tary Club of Ruther­glen.

The group, which raises funds for sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out the year, re­cently dished out al­most £3,000 to sup­port wor­thy causes.

Cheques for £1,000 were handed over to MND Scot­land and The Haven as part of the group’s Com­mu­nity Awards Scheme.

Iain McWhirter, from MND Scot­land, came to the club and gave an en­light­en­ing talk about the work of the char­ity, which strives to sup­port peo­ple with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease.

Sim­i­larly, Con­nie Postleth­waite of The Haven ex­plained to Ro­tar­i­ans that the or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports peo­ple from across La­nark­shire with life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

They are sup­ported to cope with the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and prac­ti­cal as­pects of their ill­ness and to en­able them to face the fu­ture with hope.

Peo­ple with an ill­ness such as can­cer, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, Parkin­son’s dis­ease and Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease are among those who have used the Wishaw cen­tre.

Pat Paul, pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club, said: “One of our mem­bers has had three peo­ple in dif­fer­ent parts of their fam­ily who have had MND and died from it.

“It’s a cause very close to the fam­ily and there have been peo­ple in­volved in The Haven as well so these char­i­ties are quite close to us all.

“The money will be used to help con­tinue the work of both char­i­ties.”

Pat added: “Nor­mally the com­mu­nity awards are for £250, but be­cause these char­i­ties are such wor­thy causes and so close to our hearts, and be­cause the funds were avail­able, they were each given £1,000.”

Other char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions made re­cently in­cluded Marie Curie, driv­ing lessons for a dis­abil­ity group and a con­tri­bu­tion to Ro­tary District Char­i­ties all to­talling over £700.

Cash boost Iain McWhirter ac­cepted the £1,000 do­na­tion on be­half of MND Scot­land

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